Wouldn't taking a daily diuretic dehydrate you?
hmmm...I wouldn't exactly use the term dehydrate.
What a diuretic does, suprisingly enough, is cause diuresis
A diuretic is not perscribed unless there is a need for one. Meaning one is experiencing edema, your body retaining too much fluid.
I take a diruetic. If I forget one day, my hands, feet, ankles etc get swollen. My cells are retaining too much fluid. Clothes get tight. When I forget to take it, and take it the next day, I will literally drop 3 pounds throughout the day. When I first started it, I dropped about 6 pounds of fluid in the first few days, and felt much better.
The diuretic I take does most of its work in the first 3 hours, which means frequent trips to the bathroom. I also take a potassium supplement because you will also expell that when urinating.
Drinking plenty of water is important. If you don't need a diuretic, but occassionally feel bloated, drinking more will actually help, as it encourages your kidneys to work.
As far as foods, coffee is a good example of a diuretic.
When you urinate after taking a diuretic, your urine has absolutely no color, your kidneys are expelling mostly water.